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Re: Buffalo Soldier Units Serve the West
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Bennie, et al:
Re: whether black regualrs considered the term "buffalo soldiers" derogatory or a term of honor/praise.
On your having five or six explanations for the origins of "buffalo soldiers" Your list most likely duplicates mine if you don't mind-I'd like to read a list of what you've found.
My personal favorite is the "connection" with black troops wearing buffalo hide overcoats.
But my research pretty much convinces me that the term was originated by Indians on the Southern Plains sometime in the early l870s.
Later today, maybe on Sat, I will post what I've found-and what I think--about a "buffalo soldiers" reference that comes in l872--a year before the Nation piece I described in a message of a few days ago.
PS: The earliest "official" regimental link to the Bison as a symbol comes in a l0th Cavalry general order issued at Fort Eathan Allen, VT on Feb ll, l9ll. The order describes in great detail the regimentasl crest of the l0th. As you probably know, the image of a Bison is prominent.
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